1. To promote science, technology and the arts among youth of Andean heritage, 

2. To Foster a new dialogue between outstanding creators and innovators, renowned scientists, programmers, and artists from Andean regions (who work in the Andes and abroad) through conferences and workshops. 

3. Providing a platform for original projects with an emphasis on indigenous identity and our environment

Hamutayta, sacri ruraykunata hinaspa kapchiykunata Antipi kaq maqtakunaman sipaskunaman  riqsichinapaq, rimanakuyta apamuspa, amawtakunata , kamaqkunata hinaspa huk suyumanta kaq ancha riqsisqa kapchiqkunata tupanakaykachispa chaynallataq alli-allin musuq ruraykunata puririchiqkunapa yanapakuyninwan. Chaynallataq musuq ruraykunata kallpanchanapaq imaynam kasqanchikta hinaspa mama pachanchikta yupaychanapaq.

Promover la ciencia,  tecnología y las artes entre los jóvenes de orígenes Andinos, fomentando un nuevo diálogo entre innovadores y creadores sobresalientes, científicos, programadores, académicos y artistas de renombre – que trabajan tanto en el extranjero como en las regiones andinas- a través de conferencias y talleres. También buscamos incentivar el desarrollo de proyectos originales con un enfoque desde nuestra identidad y medio ambiente

Kuyayky STARTLabs is a project of the Kuyayky Foundation. The project team is led by Engineer Yina Hurtado and overseen by Kuyayky Foundation Executive Director Dr. Candy Hurtado.

Our Team: Candy Hurtado
KSTART Conference 2024 - CoChair
P.h.D. in Comparative Studies – Andean ethnomusicology and choreology from Florida Atlantic 
University. Singer/Musician and Dancer
Yina Hurtado
KSTART Director and KSTART Conference 2024-CoChair
Computer Scientist/ Mhttps://we.tl/t-SFrymxI7Fvusician, Singer/ Composer, Graphic Designer.
Mitch Teplinski:
U.S. Marketing Team Director, 
Filmmaker, Marketing Professional and Fullbright Specialist.
Sofia Vega Zanca: Quechua Dissemination Projects Co-Director & Social Media Manager. Quechua FLTA Fullbright Scholar and Educational Psychologist. 
Ruben Enriquez Condori : Coordinator & Conference Moderator. 
Apolo Bautista: Advisory Board Member. Cinematographer and Co-founder of Ciaorosé Production Company. 
Adriana Cespedez: Advisory Board Member, Bioengineer and Biomedical Engineer.

Celebrating Andean heritage with an emphasis on the reevaluation of its sciences and technologies

Kuyayky Foundation

The 2024 Kuyayky START Labs (KSTART) Conference is set to unfold in the historic city of Jauja, beginning on June 21st, marking the start of the Andean year. The conference will launch with a anniversary concert by the Kuyayky Children’s Orchestra in Jauja, followed by a significant Symposium on Andean Philosophy. To culminate the event, the latest music video from the Kuyayky Group will premiere, highlighting a song crafted to promote awareness of the critical need to respect our ecosystems

During the next two days presentations on Science, Technology and Art will be delivered by different important scholars, scientists and artists coming from different Andean areas and the U.S.
Beginning on June 24th, attendees will participate in workshops on programming, filmmaking, music production, theater, and visual arts to spark creativity among different teams of children and youth. Each specific workshop, based on different skill sets, will generate different products, where collaborative work will be encouraged.

Speakers of the Kuyayky START Labs 2023 Conference in Jauja

Adriana Céspedez
Bioengineer and Biomedical Engineer

Apolo Bautista
Cinematographer and co-founder of Ciaorosé a film-production house in Ayacucho, Peru.

Benjamin Ordoñez
Member of Kuyayky in Jauja. Farmer, scientist, and has developed a self-sufficient sustainable house.

Natalie Gil
MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership. CTO at Auna and Darshana, Inc.

Rubén Enriquez Condori
Creator and founder of Quechua Estudio, with a series of social media channels with thousands of followers. Innovator and educator, Ruben has researched and worked on  different pedagogy alternatives to teach and learn languages

Carlos Arguelles

Physicist & Researcher. Professor at Harvard University

MIlagros Melgar
Short-film  producer, specialized in script and stop motion animation. Co-founder of Rueca – Cultural Association. In 2020, she won the Short Film Projects award from the Ministry of Culture with the “Cora” project. Currently, she is in the development of the “Hilando Miradas” project, winner of the Cultural Management award of the Ministry of Culture 2022.

Anthony Fernandez
Engineering Lead @ Dell Technologies working on areas of Cloud Integration and Solutions.

Juan Carlos Toro
Cinematographer and co-founder of Ciaorose, a film-production house in Ayacucho, Peru.

Sofia Vega Zanca
Quechua FLTA Fulbright Scholar

Monica Cordero Bonilla
Software Engineer

Heidi Yupanqui Bonilla
Information Technology Consulting and Software Engineer

Liliana Rivera
Software Engineer with more than 18 years leading Process and Technology teams. Expert in the Management of Process and Technology Optimization Projects in private and banking companies.

Milagros Torres Vargas
Agricultural Engineer, MBA, M.Sc.

David Villegas
Software Developer. Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida International University.

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